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Judaea, Bar Kokhba Revolt, AR Zuz, year 2 (=133/134 AD)


Obverse: ŠM-‘WN (Shimon) around a bunch of grapes with a small leaf and a tendril
Reverse: Š B LH-R – YŠ’RL (Year 2 of Israel’s freedom) around a fluted jug, handle on the left, willow branch on the right

Sharply struck and nice silver colour with some hues of red and blue

Ex Samel Collection, bought pre 1984, most probably between the 1960s and 1980s

Das Heilige Land. Antike Münzen und Siegel aus einem Jahrtausend jüdischer Geschichte, by Professor B. Overbeck and Professor Y. Meshorer (Munich 1993) no. 402; The Coinage of the Bar Kokhba War by Leo Mildenberg (1984) 195 no. 45 (O8/R22), 10

Exhibition Das Heilige Land 30.11.1993 – 04.04.1994, Staatliche Münzsammlung München

The Samel Collection
The Polish-Jewish siblings Josef Samel (1913-2015) and Angela Arluk (1920-2015) shared a passionate interest in the history of the Jewish people. In the course of the 1960’s they got the idea of compiling a coin collection which reflects the history of the people of Israel. Within a few decades they created one of the most important collections of Jewish coins. The collection covered the history of the Jewish people from the 6th century BC until the present day.

Bar Kokhba Revolt

The Bar Kokhba revolt was a rebellion of the Jews of the Roman province of Judea, led by Simon bar Kokhba, against the Roman Empire. Fought circa 132–136 AD, it was the last of three major Jewish–Roman wars. Shortly after the outbreak the insurgents initiated the minting silver as well as bronze coins. The silver coinage consisted of two denominations: the sela (a tetradrachm of around 14 g) and the zuz (a drachm of around 3.3 g). The bronze coins included large, medium and small coins. The legends were written in Paleo-Hebrew characters.

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3.15 g


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Hendin no. 1395; Meshorer 402, Treasury 249 no. 253a; Mildenberg 195 no. 45 (O8/R22), 10 (this coin)